Gary G. Rich
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Gary G. Rich is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling. He was elected
president and chief executive officer on October 1, 2012 and chairman on May 1, 2014. An industry
veteran with over 30 years of global technical, commercial and operations experience, Mr. Rich comes
to Parker Drilling after a 25 year career with Baker Hughes Incorporated where he successfully managed
several of the company’s businesses, regions, and initiatives. Over his career he has held a progressive
series of roles across a broad spectrum of focus areas including global sales and strategic marketing
and business development; new technology, product and commercialization strategies; and operations,
finance and business management.
Prior to joining Parker Drilling, Mr. Rich served as vice president of global sales for Baker Hughes, and
prior to this role, he served as president of that company's European operations. Previously, Mr. Rich
was president of Hughes Christensen Company (HCC), a division of Baker Hughes primarily focused on the
production and distribution of drilling bits for the petroleum industry.
Mr. Rich holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Science and Technology
Commercialization from the University of Texas.
Jonathan M. Clarkson
Retired Chairman, Texas Capital Bank
Mr. Clarkson recently retired from the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank, a subsidiary of
Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer
from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2002 he served as president and chief financial officer of Bargo
Energy Company and its successor company Mission Resources Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Clarkson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ocean Energy Corporation
and its predecessor company, United Meridian Corporation. He also held several senior management
positions at InterFirst Corporation and its subsidiary First National Bank in Dallas, Texas. Mr.
Clarkson currently serves on the Board of Memorial Production Partners LP, a domestic energy firm
focused on the acquisition and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. He also serves on
the Advisory Board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent investment banking firm
specializing in private capital and mergers and acquisition transactions for the small and mid-cap
energy sectors. Previously, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of Edge Petroleum Corporation where
he chaired the audit committee and also served as a member of that board’s compensation committee.
George J. Donnelly
Managing Partner, Lilo Ventures
Mr. Donnelly is a managing partner of Lilo Ventures, a venture capital firm, having
held this position since 2001. He also serves as chairman of Global Suppliers, a
minority-owned private company that provides equipment to the petroleum and chemical
industry. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Houston Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce during 2005 and 2006 and as president of the San Jacinto Museum
of History from 2000 to 2002. Between 1988 and 2000, Mr. Donnelly served as vice
president of Russell Reynolds Associates and as vice chairman of SpencerStuart Associates,
both executive search firms. He began his career at Texaco Inc. in 1962 and served
in various roles at Texaco Inc. and Gulf Oil Company until 1997, including vice
president of the Worldwide Energy and Minerals Division, vice president of the Latin
American division and head of the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Donnelly serves on
the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership (World Trade), the Center
for Houston's Future, United Way of Greater Houston, KIPP Charter Schools, the Health
Museum of Houston, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum and the Institute of International
Peter T. Fontana
Retired Chief Operating Officer, Weatherford International plc
Mr. Fontana is the former chief operating officer of Weatherford International, a global provider
of equipment and services used in drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of
oil and natural gas wells. He retired from Weatherford in 2013, having served as chief operating
officer since 2010. Mr. Fontana joined Weatherford in January 2005. Prior to joining Weatherford,
Mr. Fontana held leadership positions with Baker Hughes, Forasol/Foramer and The Western Company of
North America. Mr. Fontana holds a master's of business administration from Southern Methodist
University and is the inventor and co-inventor on several U.S. patents. He has authored numerous
technical papers focused on improved drilling operations.
Gary R. King
Managing Partner, The Matrix Partnership
Mr. King, age 56, was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2008 and is the Managing
Partner of The Matrix Partnership and CEO of Intrepid GTL, based in Dubai, UAE. He has a broad 30
year international career as an exploration geologist, oil trader and asset manager. He has held
several CEO and senior management positions with Government of Dubai entitles including the Dubai
Mercantile Exchange, Sovereign Wealth Fund Dubai Natural Resources World, Emirates National Oil
Company and Dragon Oil Plc. He also held senior executive roles with Morgan Stanley, Macquarie
Bank and Standard Bank.
Mr. King is a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian listed Serinus Energy Inc. He is a long
standing member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and has a BSc and an MSc
in Petroleum Exploration Geology from Imperial College, London University.
Robert L. Parker Jr.
Retired Chairman, Parker Drilling
Robert L. Parker Jr. is the retired chairman of the board of Parker Drilling. The grandson
of the company’s founder, Mr. Parker retired as a Parker employee in December 2013 after more
than 40 years with the company. During his tenure, he established Parker as a respected trailblazer
and leader in energy exploration and development. Under his guidance, the company created innovative
technologies and operational procedures that advanced the drilling profession and continue to
benefit the global oil and gas industry today. A recognized champion of safety and environmental
stewardship, Mr. Parker spearheaded the development of Parker Drilling's strong safety culture.
Under his leadership, the company frequently recorded Total Recordable Incident Rates well below
the International Association of Drilling Contractors member average. As a continuing member of
Parker’s board, Mr. Parker brings a wealth of historical knowledge of the company, as well as
strategic industry experience.
Richard D. Paterson
Retired Managing Partner, PwC
Mr. Paterson, age 63, retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), an international network
of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his
retirement, Mr. Paterson served as the global leader of PwC’s Consumer, Industrial Products and
Services Practices comprising the automotive, consumer and retail, energy, utilities and mining,
industrial products, pharmaceutical and health industry sectors. These practices comprised roughly
half of PwC’s global revenues. Mr. Paterson also served as managing partner of PwC’s Houston Office
and U.S. Energy Practice. As part of this role, Mr. Paterson was responsible for the audits of
ExxonMobil Corporation from 2002 to 2006. Previous to this position, Mr. Paterson lived in Moscow,
Russia where he led PwC’s Energy Practice for Europe, Middle East and Asia and also was responsible
for the audit of OAO Gazprom. Mr. Paterson joined PwC in 1974 and was admitted as a partner in 1987.
He holds extensive knowledge of the energy industry and energy value chain and has been a frequent
speaker at the World Energy Congress and World Petroleum Congress. Since his retirement from PwC,
Mr. Paterson has remained active in the corporate governance community. He is a member of the Board
of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Eclipse Resources Corporation. Mr. Paterson is a
member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). NACD has named him a Board
Leadership Fellow due to his demonstrated commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's
comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. Previously, he served on the board of Zaff
Capital LLC, a private equity fund investing in emerging markets with a focus on the energy,
infrastructure and real estate sectors. He is a past board member of the U.S./Russia Business Council
and the U.S. Energy Association.
Roger B. Plank
Retired President, Apache Corporation
Mr. Plank was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2004. He retired from Apache Corporation
in February 2014 after 32 years of service. Most recently, he served as President and Chief
Corporate Officer of Apache Corporation. From 2009 to 2011 he served as President. He previously
served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2000 and Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer since 1997. Mr. Plank previously served as Vice President of Planning
and Corporate Development, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Vice President of
External Affairs for Apache. He is also Chairman of Houston’s Alley Theatre.
R. Rudolph Reinfrank
Managing General Partner, Riverford Partners, LLC
R. Rudolph Reinfrank is the managing general partner of Riverford Partners LLC,
a strategic advisory and investment firm based in Los Angeles. Riverford acts as an
investor, board member and strategic advisor to growth companies and companies in
transition. Prior to founding Riverford, Mr. Reinfrank was a co-founder and a managing
general partner of Clarity Partners L.P. and a co-founder of Clarity China, L.P. He is a
co-founder and a managing general partner of Rader Reinfrank & Co. Mr. Reinfrank is a
director of Apollo Investment Corporation. Mr. Reinfrank meets the requirements of a
Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert pursuant to item 407(d)(5)(ii) of
Regulation S-K and he is FINRA licensed for Series 7, 62 and Series 63. Mr. Reinfrank
is also a senior advisor to Pall Mall Capital, Limited (London), and Transnational Capital
Retired, President of Oilfield Services, Middle East and Asia
Mr. Selim, age 58, was elected to the Company's board of directors in March 2015. An oil and gas
industry veteran, Mr. Selim retired from Schlumberger in 2010 after a 29-year career with the company.
He brings extensive international operations experience in oilfield services to Parker’s board. Prior
to his retirement, Mr. Selim served for four years as president of oilfield services for Schlumberger's
Middle East & Asia operations. In this role, he oversaw every aspect of the region's business development,
marketing, and operational execution activities. Since retiring, Mr. Selim has been involved in oil and
gas investment and consulting advisory services. Mr. Selim serves on the board’s audit committee.
Robert L. Parker
Mr. Parker joined Parker Drilling in 1947 and 10 years later purchased the company
from his father, Gifford C. Parker, the founder of the company. Serving as president
since 1954, Mr. Parker took the company public in 1969 and was elected chairman
and chief executive officer. Since 2006, he has retained the position of chairman
emeritus. Mr. Parker also serves on the board of directors of Clayton Williams Energy,
is an advisory director of Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, and is the chairman of the U.S.
- Kazakhstan Business Association board of directors. He was awarded the Gold Medal
for Distinguished Achievement by the American Petroleum Institute in 1999, the Waggener-Griffin
Award from Spindletop International in 2001, and the God and Country Award from
Boy Scouts of America in 2001. In 2001 he was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame
by the Tulsa Historical Society. Mr. Parker holds a bachelor's degree from The University
of Texas at Austin, where he is also a Distinguished Alumnus.